Media statement by Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, 10th June 2011:
Notice of urgent Parliamentary motion next week on second MACC death esp report that Sarbaini had “no unusual or extraordinary wealth”
I have today given notice to the Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin to move an urgent parliamentary motion next week on the second Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) death since its establishment on 1st January 2009 - senior custom officer Ahmad Sarbaini, another mysterious fall-from-height death at MACC premises at Jalan Cochrane on April 6.
My motion for an urgent parliamentary debate will also focus on the revelation by blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin that the police had conducted a thorough check on Ahmad Sarbaini’s assets and found no “unusual or extraordinary” wealth.
Raja Petra had blogged: “He (Ahmad Sarbaini) had only three modest cars — a Perodua Kancil, a second-hand Honda CRV and a Proton Persona — and a Modenas Kriss bike, which he rode to the MACC office on that unfortunate morning of 6th April, the day of his death.
“He owned an apartment in Bukit Tinggi, Klang (RM65,872), an apartment in Puncak Alam (RM68,988), a Semi-D cluster house in Saujana Impian in Sungai Buloh (RM230,000) and RM35,000 in savings in Amanah Saham Bumiputra…All these were duly accounted for.”
The motion also demanded that the police accede to the request by Sarbaini's family that the police reveal its probe into Sarbaini's unusual death at MACC premises and to allow Sarbaini's family to decide whether to have an inquest or a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the causes of Sarbaini's death.
A full parliamentary debate on the second MACC death, coming less than a year from Teoh Beng Hock's mysterious fall-from-height death at MACC headquarters in Shah Alam on July 16, 2009 has shaken public confidence to its very roots.
If Parliament is not prepared to take the first opportunity to demonstrate its deepest concern not only over Sarbaini's death but at the plummetting drop in public confidence in the MACC, Parliament would be remiss in its duty and role as the highest political chamber in the land.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor